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Video tutorial: polka dot smocking

Video tutorial: polka dot smocking

How to make polka dot diamond smocking

This is a very easy fabric manipulation that uses the fabric print as a grid.

This fabric manipulation can be used on a block, on a bag, or on clothing.

Sew how I used this fabric manipulation on a textured quilt.

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Butterflies mini quilt – free pattern – easy beginner quilt

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Here is a quick and easy Butterflies quilt free pattern  (pdf).

How to make an hourglass block

Learn in just over 2  of minutes:

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Download Butterflies free pattern

Butterflies quilt free pattern  (pdf).

Block size

6 1/2 inch square

Materials

For 2 hourglass blocks:

  • two 7 1/2 inch squares in contrasting fabrics.

With this tutorial you’ll make 6 blocks, 2 in each colour

Butterflies mini quilt

Blocks

  • 7 hourglass blocks in charcoal
  • 8 hourglass blocks in turquoise
  • 1 hourglass block in red

Quilt size

30 inch square plus the binding.

Materials

  • 1/2 yard of cream/white fabric
  • 1/4 yard of charcoal fabric
  • 1/4 yard of acqua or turquoise fabric
  • 1/2 yard of gray fabric for the border
  • 1/4 yard of red fabric

Cut

  • Four 7 1/2 inch squares in charcoal
  • Five 7 1/2 inch squares in white/cream
  • Four 7 1/2 inch squares in turquoise
  • One 7 1/2 inch square in red
  • 2 strips 3 inches x 24 inches and 2 strips 3 inches x 30 inches
  • Fabric for the binding (see tutorial below)

Assembly diagram

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Hourglass block video tutorial and butterflies mini quilt

Once the top has been sewn together, it’s time to quilt it.

Free motion quilting

I usually finish my quilts with free motion. It’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

If you wish to try, here’s how you do it:

Binding the quilt

Binding the quilt using a sewing machine is the quickest way to finish a quilt. It’s a lot easier to. Watch how it’s done:

Did you like the special binding I used? It’s called a flange though it looks to me like piping. This is how you add a flange or faux piping to your quilt binding:

Done!

Butterflies mini quilt - free pattern - easy beginner quilt

Video tutorial: quick and easy jelly roll 1 and 2 combination

Video tutorial: quick and easy jelly roll 1 and 2 combination

This is block number 2 of a series of 3 that is made with jelly rolls or with 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric. Check out the jelly roll quilt block 1 tutorial and jelly roll quilt block 2 tutorial.

This block is very versatile and you can make lots of quilt designs with it.

How to make this jelly roll quilt block number 1 and 2 combined

Learn to make this  technique in just 3 minutes:

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Materials

For the first rectangle:
– 2 red 1 1/4 x 17 inch fabric strips
– 2 white 2 1/2 x 17 inch strips
– 1 red 2 1/2 x 17 inch strip

For the second rectangle:
– 2 grey 1 1/4 x 17 inch fabric strips
– 2 white 2 1/2 x 17 inch strips
– 1 red 2 1/2 x 17 inch strip

For the third rectangle:

– 2 red 1 1/4 x 17 inch fabric strips
– 2 white 2 1/2 x 17 inch strips
– 1 red 2 1/2 x 17 inch strip

For the fourth rectangle:
– 2 grey 1 1/4 x 17 inch fabric strips
– 2 white 2 1/2 x 17 inch strips
– 1 red 2 1/2 x 17 inch strip

See some of the possible quilt blocks and quilt designs you can make with this quilting technique:Video tutorial: quick and easy jelly roll 1 and 2 combination